D. Jason Cothern

Donald Jason Cothern is a brigadier general in the United States Air Force currently serving as the vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center of the United States Space Force. Prior to his current assignment, he was the assistant program director for development at the F-35 Lighting II Joint Program Office, where he was responsible for F-35 fighter fifth generation modernization activities.[1][2][3]

D. Jason Cothern
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Birth nameDonald Jason Cothern
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1993–present (27 years)
RankUS Air Force O7 shoulderboard rotated.svg Brigadier General
Commands heldSpace Based Infrared Systems Ground Squadron
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (4)

Cothern was commissioned in 1993 as an ROTC graduate of the University of Central Florida. He served as the director of the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program and the Air Force's Hosted Payloads Office. As STP director, he also led the Rocket Systems Launch Program, where he was mission director for the DoD's first SpaceX Falcon 9 launch that flew NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite in February 2015.[1][2]

EducationEdit

  • 1993 Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando
  • 1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • 2000 Master of Business Administration, California State University, Long Beach
  • 2002 Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 2006 Master of Military Operational Arts and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2009 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
  • 2009 The Program Manager's Course, Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, Va.
  • 2012 Master of National Resource Strategy, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.

AssignmentsEdit

1. September 1993–August 1995, Program Manager, 50th Logistics Support Squadron, Schreiver Air Force Base, Colo.
2. August 1995–July 1996, Executive Officer, 50th Logistics Group, Schreiver AFB, Colo.
3. July 1996–March 1998, Program Manager, Milstar Operations Support Division, Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
4. March 1998–July 2000, Chief, Military Satellite Communications Programs Planning Branch, Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
5. July 2000–June 2002, Student, United States Air Force Intern Program, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
6. June 2002–July 2005, Chief, Satellite Command and Control Branch, then Program Manager, Missile Warning Systems, Space Systems Program Office, Signals Intelligence Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
7. July 2005–June 2006, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. June 2006–June 2008, Deputy Chief, Future Systems Division, Developmental Planning Directorate, Space and Missiles System Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
9. June 2008–July 2009, Chief, Space Systems Acquisition Division, Transformational Satellite Communications System Space Group, MILSATCOM Systems Wing, Space and Missiles System Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
10. July 2009–August 2011, Commander, Space Based Infrared Systems Ground Squadron, then Materiel Leader, SBIRS Ground Systems Branch, SBIRS Ground Division, Infrared Space Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
11. August 2011–June 2012, Student, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 12. June 2012–July 2014, Chief, Requirements Integration Department, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and U.S. Strategic Command, Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, Fort Belvoir, Va.
13. July 2014–June 2017, Senior Material Leader – Lower, Director, DoD Space Test Program and Chief, Space Demonstrations Division, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
14. June 2017–June 2020, Senior Material Leader – Upper, Assistant Program Director for Development and Production, then Assistant Program Director for Development, F-35 Joint Program Office, Arlington, Va.
15. June 2020–present, Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, U.S. Space Force, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Rank Date
  Second lieutenant July 22, 1993
  First lieutenant July 22, 1995
  Captain July 22, 1997
  Major December 1, 2003
  Lieutenant colonel June 1, 2008
  Colonel October 1, 2013
  Brigadier general July 3, 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Erwin, Sandra (February 13, 2020). "F-35 program official named No. 2 at Space and Missile Systems Center". SpaceNews. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Brigadier General D. Jason Cothern". United States Air Force. June 2020. Retrieved July 14, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Kenlan, Alyk Russell (July 13, 2020). "Space Force to Launch Classified NRO Payload from Wallops Flight Facility". Air Force Magazine. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
Military offices
Preceded by
Donna D. Shipton
Vice Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center
2020–present
Incumbent